Montana Immunization Program
Meaningful Use Information
Meaningful Use is using certified electronic health record (EHR) technology to:
- Improve quality, safety, efficiency, and reduce health disparities
- Engage patients and family
- Improve care coordination
- Maintain privacy and security of patient health information
Meaningful Use sets specific objectives that eligible professionals (EPs) and eligible hospitals (EHs) must achieve to qualify for Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Incentive Programs.1
Roles and Responsibilities for Meaningful Use
Meaningful Use involves several entities so it may be difficult to know who to contact. Please refer to the table below for the appropriate contact agency best suited to answer your questions.
|Set or clarify MU standards
||Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) firstname.lastname@example.org
||The standards have been created by the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC), and ONLY ONC can interpret its intention in the standards.
|Certify providers as meeting any MU standard
||ONC/CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services), Provider
||ONC/CMS determine eligibility for incentive payments, and providers are required to self-certify as having met ONC's standards.
|Certify or promote any EHR product as MU-ready
||Authorized Testing and Certifying Bodies (ATCBs)
||This certification is done by the Authorized Testing and Certifying Bodies (ATCBs) approved by ONC.
|Adapt its immunization registry (IIS) to accommodate non-standard (i.e. other than HL7 2.3.1 or HL7 2.5.1) Electronic Health Record (EHR) submissions
||MU specifically requires that the EHR product be certified. However, certification alone does not guarantee successful interoperation. Public Health still has the responsibility to set the standards for data exchange to its IIS in order to maintain the quality of IIS data. Public Health's Meaningful Use role is maintaining the IIS and providing the Local Implementation Guide.
|Support the installation or configuration of any EHR and interface
||This is the vendor's role.2
The Montana Immunization Program has the capability to receive electronic messages to help facilities meet Meaningful Use requirements. Included in the strategies for demonstrating Meaningful Use of EHR systems is the submission of immunization data to immunization registries or immunization information systems.
imMTrax, Montana’s immunization information system or IIS, contains official immunization records for all participating Montanans. imMTrax is a free program administered by the Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPHHS) that electronically preserves a patient’s immunization record. imMTrax brings together multiple immunization records from Montana healthcare providers (public and private) and parental “shot cards” to form one complete record.
imMTrax uses data encryption for all data going to and from the IIS and is compliant with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) standards.
The Montana Immunization Program is able to receive immunization messages in either HL7 2.3.1 or HL7 2.5.1; EPs and EHs cannot apply for an exclusion on this basis. If you administer vaccines to your patient population during your attestation time frame, you cannot be excluded from this measure. If you do not administer vaccines to your patient population, you must apply for an exclusion with Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) not public health.